Reunion Plus FAQs

June 3 — 5, 2022

You’ve got questions and we have answers to what you need to know regarding Reunion.



REUNION BASICS

+Which class years is this Reunion Plus event for (June 3-5)?

We are hosting this Reunion Plus weekend for the milestone 5th and 25th classes who missed their in-person celebrations. In addition to the Classes of 1995, 1996, 2015, and 2016, we are welcoming back the Class of 2020 for a belated graduation celebration. Only these classes will be allowed to register for the weekend.  Registration closed on May 13, and we cannot accommodate walk-in attendees.

+Is there any chance this won’t be an in-person Reunion Plus celebration?

At this time, we are planning for an in-person celebration. We do not anticipate needing to change our plans and pivot to a virtual celebration. However, the college carefully monitors the health situation so that we can make informed decisions about events. Should we need to adjust any program plans we will inform alumni as soon as we are able.

+Is there an attendee list to see who’s coming?

Yes! You can view who’s signed up to attend Reunion by clicking your class year below:

25th Reunion

5th Reunion

Graduation Celebration

VACCINATION AND HEALTH PROTOCOLS

+Will all attendees need to be COVID-vaccinated?
  • All eligible guests must be fully vaccinated (booster included). You will be required to present proof of vaccination at the Welcome Center when you arrive. We prefer that you utilize the Clear App (instructions here), but you can also present your card or a photo of your card at the Welcome Center upon check in.
  • Families and children are welcome at Bates Reunion Plus Weekend. As we are still navigating the challenges associated with college operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to be mindful of the well-being of all guests, including those with health risk considerations and those who are not eligible to be vaccinated. Therefore, the following protocols are in place for all alumni who bring children and families with them to Reunion:
    • Children under age 5 who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated are welcome to attend Reunion.
    • We will follow the latest masking policy on campus at the time of the event. Currently, all Reunion Plus guests ages 2 and up will be required to wear a mask indoors. Masks are not required outdoors for any Reunion guests. 
  • Given the congregate housing conditions, unvaccinated guests, including children, may not enter residence halls.
  • Campus accommodations are not available to Reunion guests who are unvaccinated. Alumni who are bringing unvaccinated children to Reunion and who request overnight accommodations will be housed in area hotels. Shuttles will be available between the hotels and campus. Unvaccinated children must be masked at all times when riding the shuttles.
  • Requests for medical exemptions can be made following a designated procedure, which can be found in the Reunion FAQ.

Please note that all of these policies are subject to change as a result of public health conditions that may exist in June.


By registering for Reunion, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any gathering of people. By attending Reunion, you and each of your guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and release Bates (including its trustees, officers, employees, and volunteers) from any and all liability for illness or injury arising from or related to any such exposure.  Events are subject to all federal, state, and local public health guidelines and rules, and are subject to change in response to public health or safety exigencies.

+What are the event health protocols for Class of 2020 families?

Please see the Graduation Celebration FAQ.

+Can I apply for a medical exemption to the vaccine requirement?

Reunion participants who are interested in applying for a medical exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine and booster requirement may do so by June 1. To request a medical exemption, contact Bates’ Associate Vice President for Conferences and Campus Events, Christine Schwartz at cschwart@bates.edu. Criteria for medical exemptions include:

1) a severe allergic reaction or a severe hypersensitivity reaction to a prior dose of a COVID-19 vaccine;

2) a non-severe allergic reaction or a non-severe hypersensitivity reaction to a prior dose of a COVID-19 vaccine within 4 hours of receiving the dose;

3) individuals with underlying medical conditions such as weakened immune systems, autoimmune conditions, or other underlying medical conditions following recommendations from a licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.

All requests for medical exemptions are subject to the review and approval by a clinical provider at Bates’ healthcare partner, Central Maine Medical Center.

+How do I utilize CLEAR Health Pass?

To complete your Health Pass, as part of the entry requirements for Bates College events, you can scan our QR code, visit clear.app.link/BATES or learn more with our complete instructions.

Use Bates QR Code to complete your Health Pass
+I don’t have a smartphone, is there another way that I can prove I’ve been vaccinated in order to attend events at Bates?

For those without smartphones, we will also accept CDC vaccination cards or photos of vaccination cards along with valid state or federal ID.

+Will you require masks?

We will follow the latest masking policy on campus at the time of the event. Currently, all Reunion Plus guests ages 2 and up will be required to wear a with a surgical, KN95, or N95 mask indoors. Masks are not required outdoors for any Reunion guests. 

For Class of 2020 Family masking policies, please visit the Graduation Celebration FAQ.

CLASS OF 2020 FAMILIES

+Is there a charge for families to attend the Class of 2020 graduation celebration?

No, just as with a typical Commencement, there is no charge. We are delighted to host families for this celebration.

+I know the May 13 registration deadline has passed. Is it possible to add late registrants?

We regret that we cannot add registrants to your party at this late date or accept walk-ins at this event. The event will be livestreamed here for those who cannot attend.

+What is the schedule for families attending the graduation celebration?

The schedule is now available. We will host an off-campus families-only gathering on Friday evening; breakfast on campus on Saturday prior to the graduation celebration; the celebration mid-morning on Saturday; and campus lunch for class members and families to follow. All family-friendly events are noted in the schedule. Families are asked to depart campus by 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Please note: families may not enter any buildings on campus, and as such, cannot attend indoor events associated with the Reunion Plus weekend on campus.

+Will there be opportunities for Class of 2020 family members to gather and socialize?

Yes! For those family members who are in Lewiston by Friday evening, we invite you to join us at a family/support network gathering off-campus. More details can be found on our Class of 2020 Graduation Celebration schedule.

+Do you have hotel suggestions?

Yes, we have a list that may be a helpful starting point if you are booking accommodations.

+How do I get to campus and where do I go when I get there?

This resource should help for getting to campus. Please view the event map for directions around campus.

+We can’t make it to campus for the celebration. Will it be livestreamed?

PROGRAMMING

+What kind of weekend programming will be offered?

Your weekend favorites will include: class dinners, fireworks, gala, etc. You may notice some changes as we wish to host all of the events in a safe manner, but there will be many opportunities for connection. We will continue to update the weekend schedule.

Please note: we will not have specific family and kids programming during Reunion Plus.

+Are there other things to do in greater Lewiston?

Your weekend favorites will include: class dinners, fireworks, gala, etc. You may notice some There are many activities to explore near campus.

+I’m a member of the Class of 2020.  Do I need to bring my cap and gown from 2020?

No, we plan to distribute new regalia when you pick up your registration packet, upon arrival. Please make sure to register so we can provide housing and regalia!

REGISTRATION

+Am I still able to register for Reunion Plus?

Registration for Reunion Plus closed on May 13. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate walk-in registrants for this event.

+Is the pricing different this year?

In past years the cost of housing and class-themed parade items had been incorporated into the package prices. This year we have isolated the cost of housing and the parade item, and you will have the option to add each of these separately. This will allow those who do not wish to stay on campus, or who do not want a parade item, to participate in reunion without incurring these expenses as part of a package plan. Bates continues to subsidize substantial aspects of Reunion weekend, including housing, meals, and parade items.

There will be no charge for the Class of 2020 and their families or support networks to attend the events. We do ask that members of the Class of 2020 register for the Reunion Plus weekend, through the link sent to their emails, in order to provide housing. Families of the Class of 2020 are also asked to register by May 13.

+If I need to change my plans, can I cancel my registration?

Yes. We will refund your registration in full up until May 20. After that point, we will consider extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Please note that Bates will not reimburse travel expenses, so we do encourage you to consider the cancellation policies for your travel when you book your trip.

HOUSING

+Will Bates be providing dorm housing for attendees?

Yes. Dorms were made available for housing again this year for alumni. However, due to pandemic-related constraints, reunion campus housing will be focused on 4-6 centrally located residence halls. We can no longer assign housing for Reunion Plus guests, as registration has closed.

We will also utilize local hotel rooms to amplify our available campus rooms, and some classes/attendees may have the opportunity to enjoy a little more luxury than a campus residence hall allows. As always, we will communicate with class leadership as class housing assignments are made and we encourage you to register early.

+What is included in dorm accommodations?

Dorm accommodations feature shared hall bathrooms and are not heated or air-conditioned. Towels, bed linens, and a pillow are provided for each twin-sized bed. You might consider bringing the following items: reading lamp, hangers, small fan, and extra pillows or blankets.

+Will I have to room with someone else?

Likely yes. The availability of single rooms is very limited. If you are traveling with family, you can be housed with your party. If you are a solo attendee, you will likely be roomed with another solo attendee. You can make roommate requests on your registration form, so we recommend that you contact a friend/teammate/former roommate, request to share a room, and recreate the magic of your Bates years!

+Do I get to choose if you put me in a hotel room vs. a dorm room?

As always, we will take any housing requests, including preferred roommates and locations, into consideration when determining housing assignments. Final decisions regarding housing assignments are determined by a variety of factors, including class attendance size and the number of available beds in each residence hall.

+Can I reserve dorm housing at the last minute?

Unfortunately, housing registration is no longer available, and we cannot accept walk-in registrants.

TRANSPORTATION

+Will there be any transportation available to help me get around campus and to/from hotels?
+Can you give me information on how to get to Lewiston and Bates?

Questions?
We’re here to help! Contact us at reunion@bates.edu or 888-522-8371.